It has removed the hyphen from no fewer than 16,000 words. The spell-check (sorry: spellcheck) on my computer is happy with both. There are fewer letters in that hideous word and think how much time I could have saved typing it.) The texters also have economy on their side.
It's partly the physical sensation - the feel and smell of good paper - and partly the minor triumph of finding the word you seek, but it's rare to open a dictionary without being diverted somewhere else.
Scroll down for more The eye falls on a word you've never seen before or one whose meaning you have always wanted to check, and you close the dictionary just a little bit richer for the experience.
If we see an Americanism we like, we snaffle it - and so we should.
But texting and 'netspeak' are effectively different languages.
It is the relentless onward march of the texters, the SMS (Short Message Service) vandals who are doing to our language what Genghis Khan did to his neighbours eight hundred years ago. The texters have many more arrows in their quiver than we who defend the old way. My own outgoing message asks callers to be very brief - ideally just name and number - but that doesn't stop some callers burbling on for ten minutes and always, always ending by saying: "Ooh - sorry I went on so long!
They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary. " But can that be any more irritating than those absurd little smiley faces with which texters litter their messages?
Aisan ladies or brown skinned but will consider anyone if you got a pic and we talk on the phone , no fees please . I want and need a fuck if you want the same thing then drop me a line.
hi i m james Live in stoke, Any women want some fun donot hasitate to cantact any time ,, Willing to travell any where, If you wanna come i live alone in lovery 2 bedroom flat..
I tried to construct proper, grammatical sentences and used punctuation that would have brought a smile to the lips of that guardian of our language, Lynne Truss.
Now I find myself slipping into sloppy habits, abandoning capital letters and using rows of dots.
The danger - for young people especially - is that they will come to dominate.